Doug Grover, 16, and Caleb Keaton, 17, of Amissville VA, Marshal O’Bannon, 17, of Jeffersonton, Jared Arnold, 12, and T.J. Sooksanguan,13, of Culpeper VA made their parents proud this autumn at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton, by winning prizes of different rounds of the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club’s Friday Nights Turkey Shoot.
Forty percent of the competitors at the November 1st competition were youths under the age of 18. The youths competed with adults, and they won a variety of first, second and third prizes during the good natured competitions.
Five food rounds are held at every event, with first, second, and third prizes awarded for each round. Food prizes awarded throughout the event typically include: turkey, bacon, pork loin, shrimp, chicken, roasts, hams, and steaks.
Door prizes awarded October 25th event included: a $25 Gift Card provided by Tippy’s Tacos of Warrenton, a $5 Gift Card provided by Moo Thru of Remington, a free breakfast at the next Jefferson Ruritan Club Breakfast Buffet, and $25 cash from the Jefferson Ruritan Club.
Door prizes awarded November 1st included: a $50 Gift card provided by White Horse Car Wash of Warrenton VA, an Ugly Stik Fishing Rod provided by Clark Brother’s Gun Shop of Warrenton, a free breakfast at the next Jefferson Ruritan Club Breakfast Buffet, $25 cash from the Jefferson Ruritan Club, and a Camoflauge set consisting of a thermos and hand made duct tape wallet provided by 2 Market 2 Market Your Dot Com of Jeffersonton. Included inside the duct tape wallet was a “Buy One Get One” coupon provided by Mountain Run Bowling Center of Culpeper.
Two “Jackpot” cash rounds are held at every event, with the winner taking 60% of the ticket sales for the round.
As always, the concession stand volunteers kept the participants, volunteer staff, and drop-in diners well fed.
Raffle tickets are still being sold for the 2013 Turkey Shoot Raffle prize, which is a collection of three items: a Flextone Buck Commander Rut Hunter Deer Call and a pair of Nikon Aculon A30 10 x 25 binoculars provided by the Jefferson Ruritan Club, and a Blackhawk Specops Stock Gen ii recoil suppression system provided by Warrenton Arms and Outdoors of Warrenton. Raffle tickets are $2 each, and can be purchased at any of the Turkey Shoots, or by contacting the Ruritan Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner of the raffle will be drawn December 20 during that evening’s Turkey Shoot event.
The Turkey Shoots, held at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA, are scheduled to be held every Friday night through December 20th, weather permitting. Target sales begin at 7pm, and the events end at 10pm. A “rain-date make-up” night of January 3, 2014 has been scheduled to accommodate the rained-out date of October 11th.
About the Turkey Shoots:
The Jefferson Ruritan Club has held Turkey Shoots as one of their primary fund-raising events since 1986. Club members volunteer their time to staff the family-friendly Turkey Shoots. Profits from the Turkey Shoots support local charities and the Jeffersonton Community Center.
The Turkey Shoots target sales begin at 7pm, and run until the last prize is awarded. Steel shot is used, and provided by the club. Targets for food rounds cost $3 for one target, $6 for two targets, $8 for three targets, Jackpot (money) round targets cost $5 per target. Some nights run later than others, but the events are usually over by 10pm. The concession stand closes at 9:30pm.
Community Service Organization Jefferson (VA) Ruritan is gearing up for the 27th annual Friday Night Turkey Shoot competitions to be held this autumn at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA.
The Turkey Shoots began in 1986 as a fund-raising activity for the Ruritans. For many years the competitions were so popular they became the primary fund-raising activity for the Ruritans. The funds were used to help maintain the Community Center, for contributions to local charities, and scholarships to local students.
When the Turkey Shoots began, lead shot was used. Due to environmental concerns, the use of lead shot was discontinued in 2010 in favor of using steel shot.
In spite of the name “Turkey Shoot” paper targets are used in the competition. The competition consists of several different rounds. The prizes for the competition vary depending on what round is being played. Some rounds have food prizes, with a first, second, and third prize. Other rounds are 60/40 money rounds, with only one winner taking away a percentage of the proceeds for that particular round. Door prizes are awarded, and raffles are held.
A variety of hot foods are sold at the concession stand during the Turkey Shoots, and a loyal following has developed from local residents that come to the Turkey Shoots to socialize and enjoy a Friday night meal out without having to drive all the way into Warrenton or Culpeper.
Families bring children with them, and the children often play in the large multi-purpose room at the Community Center while the parents are keep a watchful eye, seated at a nearby table while enjoying their meal.
During a typical Turkey Shoot, the competitors provide their own shotguns.
All guns are checked for a modified or larger choke. All guns without a choke must be 0.69 or larger. No barrels over 36 inches are allowed.
This year the targets will be sold for $3 for one ticket, $6 for two tickets, $8 for three tickets. This is a slight increase over last year’s target price and is due to an increased insurance premium.
The first Turkey Shoot of the 2013 season will be October 4th, 2013, and the last competition of the season is planned for December 20th, 2013.
The Turkey Shoots begin at 7pm, and run until the last prize is awarded. Some nights run later than others, but the events are usually over by 10pm.
For more information about the Turkey Shoots, please call Marcy Bade at 540-349-2310.